Effective Friday, August 20th 2021
Fillmore County Hospital recognizes the important role that support people (spouses, parents, etc.) play in the care of our patients. Our goal is to allow visitors to be with their loved one while balancing the safety and health of our patients and staff. The pandemic continually challenges us to come up with new approaches to achieve this goal. The increase in COVID cases has prompted us to make some revisions to our policy to keep visitation available for our patients as long as possible.
The following are new guidelines to visitation on our medical inpatient areas:
- Non-COVID patients admitted to the hospital may have 1-2 guests at a time. Children that can keep their masks on over their nose and mouth are welcome.
For maternity patients- We request that siblings are the only children that visit.
- COVID+ or COVID pending: 1-2 healthy, fully vaccinated visitors per day. Proof of vaccination will be required. Appropriate PPE including mask, eye protection, gown and gloves must be worn.
Patient can fill out form for whom they want to visit.
Visitor provides proof of vaccination
Visitor gets green visitor pass
The following rules still apply:
- All visitors must wear a mask covering mouth and nose while in the facility.
- We request that visitors only see one patient per day (exception for clergy etc.)
- Visitors must remain in the room unless using restroom or getting something to eat/drink.
- Our inpatient behavioral health unit has always had a restricted visitor policy and is not changing at this time.
- Special situations, such as end of life or palliative care, children who are hospitalized, dependent adults who are hospitalized, or obstetrics patients may be allowed more visitors than defined here. Those decisions are at the discretion of the medical provider and care team.
In short, we want patients to have visitors. Allowing visitors, even for COVID patients (with guidelines) is something we feel is very important. That said, we need to limit traffic especially on the inpatient units. We thank you for your understanding and hope that the spike we are seeing in our region is short lived.